Prince lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gardening and helping in the kitchen. There are 4 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Prince participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Prince will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Prince lives in the coastal community of Anyaa, home to approximately 16,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Akans and Ga and the most commonly spoken languages are Twi and Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, cassava (root), beef, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin rashes, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Half of the adults in Anyaa are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs library facilities, affordable education, educational materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of All Saints Lutheran Child Development Center to provide Prince with Bible teaching, health exams, de-worming, recreational facilities, tuition and etiquette training. The center staff will also provide meetings, spiritual lessons, parental skills training and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Prince.
The Republic of Ghana is a coastal country in western Africa with a tropical climate. This small country is hot and humid as it borders the Gulf of Guinea. Once called the Gold Coast, Ghana is rich in natural resources including gold, diamonds and rubber. Even though the country is wealthy in resources, about 45 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty, making less than U.S.$1 a day.
Most of Ghana's more than 23 million people live in cities. About 98 percent of the population is African, split among six major tribes. But Ghana is flooded with refugees from its neighbors - war-torn Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo. Nearly 69 percent of the population is Christian, 16 percent is Muslim, and 8 percent follow indigenous beliefs. English is the official language, but some people speak native African languages such as Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe and Ga. Compassion works primarily in the coastal region in southern Ghana.
Though Ghana was the first British colonial country in Africa to gain its independence, it has been plagued by political violence since it was established in 1957. Between 1957 and 1979, Ghana experienced a series of bloody and bloodless coups. Finally in 1992, a new constitution establishing a multiparty government was adopted and remains in place today. John Kufuor was elected Ghana's president in 2000, and began serving his second term in 2004.
Map of Ghana
Child's Location: South of Accra